Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke tours Oklahoma areas damaged by floods


JOSEPH RUSHMORE/Tulsa World via Associated Press

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke talks with the Casto family as they take a break from helping clean out their uncles home that was flooded in the Town and Country neighborhood in Sand Springs, Oklahoma on June 2, 2019.

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke toured some flood damage in Oklahoma as the waters began to recede and storm-weary residents gutted waterlogged homes.

O’Rourke said Sunday that if he is elected, he will direct federal grants to invest in communities before natural disasters strike because they are expected to get worse as the global climate warms.

In the Tulsa suburb of Sand Springs, residential streets covered in silt deposited by floodwaters are lined with trash bins full of soggy couches, carpet, drywall and insulation as the community addresses the damage.

Jamie Casto helped clean up her 65-year-old uncle’s house, where a rust-colored line indicated floodwaters got about 4 feet high inside.

Casto said her uncle was told the house is in a 500-year flood plain and that he does not have flood insurance.

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